Verdant Plant Biosciences is a preeminent creator/distributor of health & wellness related products. Our collections are founded and based solely in the USA. Our corporate ethos is efficacy, transparency and authenticity. We believe quality, innovation and trusted partnerships are the foundation of longevity.We imagine & create products that are beautifully designed as well as aesthetically and sustainably packaged. We strive to develop consumer goods that please, support healthful benefits and fulfill a desire or need. We endeavor to continuously innovate & incorporate new and exciting advances in the wellness & lifestyle space. We are nature evolved.
As a Canadian Business Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist with a strong Chinese background – Mr. Yu has the unique ability to understand both worlds and strategically build shared roads and goals. His close alliances with International and new generation Chinese Investors further supports his ability to navigate the complexity of international trade rules and global logistics.
Mr. Yu strongly believes that innovation is crucial to the success of any international business, including those well-known established household names. Mr. Yu’s innate ability to think big picture and envision clear, sensible and strategic solutions has served him well through-out his many career achievements. Always committed to finding innovative ways to improve relationships with government agencies, grow overseas markets for home grown products, and build a strong international team to meet these increasingly global challenges. Mr Yu holds an MBA degree in Finance at McGill University in Canada as well as a BA degree in English at Shanghai International Studies University.
As a Chief Merchant, Tom has an extensive background in luxury, department store, and off-price retail space. Tom started his career at Lord & Taylor fresh from college as a buyer in men’s sportswear and tailored clothing. The bulk of his impressive career was in Luxury at Saks Fifth Avenue as SVP Men’s, Home, & Concession, directing the team to develop an edited assortment that is curated for their customers in mind. In addition, Tom was also in charge of concessions at Saks and oversaw the restaurant, beauty, and fashion concessions. As a part of Saks’ growth strategy, Tom travelled around the globe, negotiating business agreements with such luxury groups as LVMH and Kering.
In 2017 Tom was promoted to be Chief Merchant at Saks Off Fifth & Gilt, where Tom was in charge of all merchandising categories including e-commerce and was able to return the performance of the operating company to positive territory for the first time in nine years. At Verdant Plant Bio, Tom is going to deliver his expertise in merchandising, distribution, and operation management. His vast experiences with brick-mortar retailers as well as e-commerce will be fully implemented.
Joe has over 25 years of retail and real estate experience and is the founding Partner of Icon Luxury Group and of other Companies in various verticals. A deep knowledge of the luxury goods market, Joe understands that success is only achieved by respecting the goals of both brand and customer. He maintains strong relationships throughout the industries, endlessly working to deliver results for all parties. Well-know for his positive energy and spirit, Joe was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a top Entrepreneur.
Alexandra Zanella is an expert within the beauty and wellness category. Having Founded Beauty Revolution Consultancy, Alex creates and develops exciting next gen Brands available globally and at all levels of retail. She co-founded Revolution Organics, an award-winning USDA Certified Organic Beauty Brand and held Partnership & VP positions in highly successful global beauty companies – including Clean Perfume & Dessert Beauty with Jessica Simpson. Speaking at Industry events, featured Brand Ambassador on Global Shopping Channels and recognized by the Industry as a Skincare Pioneer and Beauty Trailblazer.
Alexandra’s civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Canadian American Business Council, a leading Washington DC based trade association & Co-Chair, Entrepreneur’s Circle – the voice of SME’s. She also leads a team of volunteers for a charitable foundation of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance association – Look Good Feel Better – whose mission is to empower women by helping them manage the appearance related effects of cancer.